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Old January 7th, 2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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Default waggy D44 knuckle interchange

will any D44 knuckle fit this axle or are they by themselves? it seems as though when i do my spring over swap on this axle the leaf spring is going to be in the way of the steering linkage. the easiest way i can see is to put a high steer knuckle on the passenger side and problem solved. will this work or no?
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Old January 8th, 2012, 12:36 AM   #2
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You can put any 44 knuckle on there but there are some that are more desirable than others and some that you certainly wouldn't want. Here's a great link to Dana 44 info and flat top knuckles.
http://77cj.littlekeylime.com/flatop_knucles.html

my jeep is sprung over with high crossover steering and I had to use 1" riser blocks to get the tie rod/drag link out of the way.

Here's some good pics of my passenger side set up:



I don't have a pic of the driver side, but it has a high arm on a 1" riser with the other side of the tie rod going into it.

I used a stock YJ box and a dropped pitman arm. I also used chevy 1 ton tie rod ends. Because of the length of the pitman arm and the drop it has, I have to use the hole closest to the axle for the tie rod to clear the drag link at the pitman. Here's a pic of my high steer arms. (ignore the writing on them. When I bought them, the company sent me 2 passenger arms, then went out of business... I had to have a friend do some work on them to make a passenger arm into a driver arm.)


With this set up on my waggy axle, my tie rod and drag link are completely flat to each other which is great. I have no bump steer at all because of it. The only downfall I can think of is that by using the inner most tie rod hole on the arm, the steering box has to work hard to turn the wheels because there is less leverage. My box is old and tired and so it whines ALOT. I'm going to eventually get a new box and add a power steering cooler to try and help. Even with the reduced leverage, I still can steer pretty well.

Hope that helps some.

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Old January 8th, 2012, 07:24 AM   #3
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i'm planning on going with an aftermarket set of knuckles and so far these ones look good to me http://offroaddesign.com/catalog/HDsteeringknuckles.htm is there anyone else that makes a 44 knuckle thats reasonably priced? i would only get the pass side for now as thats all my budget allows for.
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... would only get the pass side for now as thats all my budget allows for.
Get both knuckles, some have different camber dimensions and while they will bolt in place, quirky steering will result. I have a few pairs, but they are early Jeep ones that both sides will need to be machined flat, drilled, and tapped for the steering arm studs....most machinists can do that pretty cheap and dimension drawings are all over the internet.
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Do you know eney thing about the high steer knuckles from reid racing .I have a yj with a spring over and scout axels. Hopfuly they would help my turning rad as well
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